Breadfruit Variations

From the farmers market.



Breadfruit and Okinawan Sweet Potato Dip

What to do with chips and dip?


Chips are thick cut, hard crispy, dip is more hummus in texture. Goes well together. Locally sourced, sustainable. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse



Last stop of the unplugged tour.

Tea Plant

A visit to The Cat’s client, Volcano Winery. Owner is experimenting tea infused wine.

Silver Tip Tea Leaves

Owner gave us a taste, The Mouse thinks the tea-infused wine could complement potstickers. Hee hee.

Alternative to sake? Moutai? Dunno.

Almost across the street, a visit to Kilauea summit.


See the rainbow?


Don’t worry, it gets better.

Jun Kombucha

A little “pitstop” for The Mouse. First time try. Yum.


Can’t say The Mouse is hooked on kombucha or jun, but he doesn’t mind it.

So, The Cat booked herself and CB on a sunrise lava flow boat excursion. The Mouse gets severely seasick and passed to sleep in. The launch site is a bit remote. To avoid driving in the dark, on unfamiliar roads, without streetlights, The Cat booked a nearby “inn”.

The “Inn”

Not bad, kinda like a boarding house, shared kitchen area and bathrooms. Drawback was severe termite infestation (super old building). I think the termites were holding hands to keep the place together. 🙂

The “fireworks”:

Lava Flow to Ocean

Pre-sunrise views.



Beginnings of Sunrise


More Light


After Sunrise View


Last One

The captain kept shifting the boat so that everyone could get the best views they could, all that shifting and wave action prompted The Cat and CB to start “feeding the fishes’. Returned to the inn with their “stomachs turned upside down”. The Mouse made instant noodles for them.

CB enjoyed it so much that even with the stomach-churning, he would do it again. The Cat, not so much.

So, that’s it, the end of the unplugged tour.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Unplugged, Part III

Up to Mauna Kea, freeze body parts off.

The Mouse’s Lunch

Rushed. Ate in the tour car. Pork belly sliders on guava rolls, house-made potato chips. If The Mouse wasn’t so rushed, this was a pretty good meal, especially the potato chips, thicker cut, not glass shattering crispy, but thick crispy. 🙂


Freezing cold (at least for the tropical mouse). Long sleeved t-shirt, polo shirt, fleece vest, puff vest, and the jacket provided by the tour. Forgot gloves. Cold!






Tour took 5+ hours, got back to the hotel and few restaurants open.

Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Unplugged, Part II

100 years young!


Started in 1917

Part of Manago Hotel, Captain Cook, Hawai‘i.


Notice the basin next to the door? Make sure to wash hand before eating. Hee hee.


Possibly food selection has not changed, just the prices. Still reasonable though.


Family style.

Rice and tea

Teapot? Super old school.


Genmaicha. Yum!

The Cat’s Opakapaka

100 years? Plating is for foufou eaters. Hee hee.

CB’s NewYork Steak

He liked.

The Mouse’s Miso Butterfish

All the dishes, nothing fancy, just fresh, honest food, cooked well. The kicker? The Cat would return. 🙂


Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Unplugged, Part I

If you guessed we “unplugged” on the big island, you were correct. Spent the weekend playing tourist with CB.

The Mouse’s Short Rib Loco Moco

Brunch, Kona, Hawai‘i.

Close-up of Short Rib

Cooked well.

The Cat’s Avocado Toast

With poached egg.

CB’s Stew Bread Bowl

Overnighted at in a coffee farm.

Guest House




Coffee Field


Coffee Field


Drying Coffee Beans

The farm produced coffee for the White House and Chef Morimoto. Impressive.

Enjoy.  Eat well.

The Mouse

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